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A recent survey of our DAOM graduates reveals that many of them are making significant scholarly contributions to the AOM profession. Aside from their medical practices, they are actively presenting at conferences and seminars, accepting faculty appointments at colleges and universities, establishing leadership roles in professional organizations, authoring books and publishing articles. Below is a list of our DAOM graduates who have published journal articles. Several of the journals are available in the OCOM Library.

If you are an OCOM graduate who has been published, contact Alumni Relations so we may highlight your contribution to the profession.

Peter Borton, DAOM, LAc (Class of 2008)

Borton P. Raw Herb Powders and Powdered Herb Extracts in the Treatment of Chronic Idiopathic Pain: A Methodology and Case Study. Journal of Chinese Medicine 2009;89:44-51
ABSTRACT: Few effective biomedical treatment options exist for chronic pain of unknown origin. Treatment is usually palliative, with opioid and non‑opioid analgesic drugs frequently prescribed. While these drugs may provide some relief, they usually require continuous use, they rarely lead to long‑term improvement, and they often have negative side effects. Consequently, increasing numbers of these patients are turning to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In the United States, TCM is known mainly for acupuncture, but another TCM modality, Chinese herbal medicine, is an effective and comprehensive system deserving of more attention. Customized Chinese herbal formulas usually consist of several herbs, chosen via TCM’s sophisticated model of therapeutic synergy, to address each individual’s underlying aberrant physiological mechanisms as well as their presenting symptoms. In recent decades, convenience issues such as preparation time, affordability and portability have affected a shift away from the primary traditional method of administration – decoction – toward powders, pills, and concentrates. This case study details the treatment of a 56‑year‑old female with widespread, chronic, idiopathic pain using only Chinese herbs in powdered form. Though she reported no benefit from treatment with acupuncture, pharmaceutical drugs or massage, she claimed a dramatic improvement with herbs. Her herbal treatment fit her limited budget, and was free of any side effects, allowing her to work and exercise. It is reasonable to conclude that innumerable others struggling with chronic idiopathic pain might benefit similarly from Chinese herbs, though this clearly warrants further investigation.

Hong Jin
, DAOM, LAc (Class of 2007)
Roger Lore, DAOM LAc (Class of 2005)

Lasater K, Salanti S, Fleishman S, Coletto J, Jin H, Lore R, Hammerschlag R.
Learning activities to enhance research literacy in a CAM college curriculum.

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 2009;15(4):46-54.
ABSTRACT:  As complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies become increasingly accepted healthcare options, it is of major importance for CAM institutions to enhance research literacy and an evidence-based perspective in their curricula. A research education program for students and faculty at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), developed in collaboration with the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, has been supported by an R25 award from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). A key initiative of OCOM's grant is the design of learning activities that infuse a research perspective into nonresearch courses in both the traditional Chinese medicine and biomedicine curricula. This approach was pilot-tested in course sequences chosen from each of the 3 years of the master's degree program. Learner-centered activities included Infusing Evidence and Reflection Into Introductory Qigong Classes (Year 1: Qigong), Using Evidence to Inform Acupuncture Point Selection (Year 2: Point Actions and Indications), and Media and Research in Western Clinical Medicine (Year 3: Western Clinical Diagnosis). Among the lessons learned are the need to infuse learning activities into the curriculum in a manner that minimizes interactivity redundancy and reinforces learning, the importance for faculty to communicate to students the rationale for introducing the learning activities, and the value of creating a learning activity design template to guide faculty recognition of essential elements in design and evaluation and to provide sustainable overviews of the learning activities.

Henry McCann, DAOM, LAc

McCann M. Bloodletting therapy in the Huang Di Nei Jing. Journal of Chinese Medicine 2009;89:37-43
ABSTRACT: Bloodletting has been an important therapeutic intervention from the earliest documented history of Chinese medicine. In this article the author describes the history and development of bloodletting, and explores its role in the treatment of diseases as described in the classical texts Nei Jing, Ling Shu and Su Wen (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, Divine Pivot and Plain Questions).

Bob Quinn, DAOM, LAc

Quinn R. Thoughts on Yin-Yang. North American Journal of Oriental Medicine 2009;16(46):32-33
ABSTRACT: Lately I find myself thinking about yin-yang much of the time. I believe this is due to my recent study of the Sichuan Fire Spirit School of herbal prescribing and its emphasis on the restoration of the yang. In this article I will share some of my recent thoughts, including why I think this focus on the yang is important.

Rosa Schnyer, DAOM, LAc

Manber R, Schnyer RN, Lyell D, Chambers AS, Caughey AB, Druzin M, Carlyle E, Celio C, Gress JL, Huang MI, Kalista T, Martin-Okada R, Allen JJ. Acupuncture for depression during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. Obstetrics and Gynecology 2010;115(3):511-20.
ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: To estimate the efficacy of acupuncture for depression during pregnancy in a randomized controlled trial. METHODS: A total of 150 pregnant women who met Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition) criteria for major depressive disorder were randomized to receive either acupuncture specific for depression or one of two active controls: control acupuncture or massage. Treatments lasted 8 weeks (12 sessions). Junior acupuncturists, who were not told about treatment assignment, needled participants at points prescribed by senior acupuncturists. All treatments were standardized. The primary outcome was the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, administered by masked raters at baseline and after 4 and 8 weeks of treatment. Continuous data were analyzed using mixed effects models and by intent to treat. RESULTS: Fifty-two women were randomized to acupuncture specific for depression, 49 to control acupuncture, and 49 to massage. Women who received acupuncture specific for depression experienced a greater rate of decrease in symptom severity (P<.05) compared with the combined controls (Cohen's d=0.39, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.01-0.77) or control acupuncture alone (P<.05; Cohen's d=0.46, 95% CI 0.01-0.92). They also had significantly greater response rate (63.0%) than the combined controls (44.3%; P<.05; number needed to treat, 5.3; 95% CI 2.8-75.0) and control acupuncture alone (37.5%; P<.05: number needed to treat, 3.9; 95% CI 2.2-19.8). Symptom reduction and response rates did not differ significantly between controls (control acupuncture, 37.5%; massage, 50.0%). CONCLUSION: The short acupuncture protocol demonstrated symptom reduction and a response rate comparable to those observed in standard depression treatments of similar length and could be a viable treatment option for depression during pregnancy.

Rita Stanford, DAOM, LAc
Stanford R. Recurrent miscarriage syndrome treated with acupuncture and an allergy elimination/desensitization technique. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 2009;15(5):62-3.
ABSTRACT: Thrombosis is one of the leading causes of miscarriages and maternal mortality. One of the main inherited causes of thrombophilia is anti-thrombin III gene deficiency or ATT deficiency. The standard of care for these women with recurrent miscarriages is the use of the drugs aspirin and Heparin however even with the use of the drugs these women may still experience miscarriages. Another leading cause of miscarriages is low serum progesterone levels or luteal phase defect. The biomedical approach to rectify this hormonal blood disorder is the use of the drugs Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) and injectable progesterone. Women who have had recurrent miscarriages due to either hormonal or thrombotic blood disorders who have not had success through the use of the standard of care may seek complimentary alternative medicine. Among complimentary alternative practices are allergy elimination and Chinese medicine. BioSET® Allergy Elimination & Desensitization Technique, along with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may provide a safe approach to enable these women to bring their pregnancies to full term. This case study represents a new finding for CAM treatment of these disorders.

Lili Zheng, DAOM, LAc
Zheng L, Faber K. Review of the Chinese medical approach to the management of fibromyalgia. Current Pain and Headache Reports 2005;9(5):307-12.
ABSTRACT: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history of efficacy in treating chronic illness. TCM views fibromyalgia and related conditions as disorders in the movement of energy (Qi) and body fluids (including blood) in the body and gets excellent treatment results using acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, diet, and exercise to restore the proper flow of Qi and fluids. This article briefly introduces the TCM model of human physiology and TCM diagnostics and describes the TCM pathophysiology and treatment models for fibromyalgia.